Third annual ‘Senior Follies’ deemed a success

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Singers, dancers, comedians and other talents may have been the headliners of last weekend’s “Senior Follies,” but it’s the Randolph family who will benefit from the third annual event.

About 1,400 people attended Habitat’s two-day, two-act production—proceeds from which will help fund the Randolphs’ new Habitat home.

Gary Knapp, Habitat’s executive director, announced Henry and Robin Randolph, along with their daughter Asha, are the recipients of Brunswick County’s 25th Habitat house. A groundbreaking is scheduled for Saturday next to their current home on Randolphville Road in Bolivia.

While sponsorships were down from the previous year, Knapp said this year’s attendance surpassed previous years, making the event “considerably better than last year.”

Proceeds, all of which benefit the construction of the Randolphs’ home, are still being tallied, Knapp said.

Overall, Knapp was pleased with the event’s success.

As for his favorite act, Knapp said it was the Habitat Revue, who performed to “Take a Chance on Me.” In addition to Knapp, the Habitat Revue also included Russ Barlowe, Steve Collins, Carol Grantham, Marlene Jackson, Mark McClellan, Charlie Nichols, John Truesdale and Joshua Truesdale.

“We worked so hard. That group rehearsed twice a week for about six or seven weeks. For folks who are not professional dancers, we put a lot of heart and soul into the dance,” Knapp said.

Marlene Jackson, Senior Follies director, said the troupe of 33 performers has been practicing since mid-September on their individual and group routines. While some talent acts are repeat performers, Jackson said they seek fresh acts each year.

“We’d like to have new talent every year,” she added.

Jackson said one reason for the Follies’ success is “we have something for everyone.”

Citing gospel music, various types of dance and musical instruments, Jackson said the talent base continues to grow.

While she was hesitant to crown a fan favorite, Jackson praised the efforts of Habitat employees, board members and volunteers in their Habitat Revue, which was received with a standing ovation.

But the real stars, she said, are the Follies’ “army full of volunteers,” who work on every aspect of the show.

“I’m really ecstatic,” she said of this year’s event. “Each year our crowd has grown.”